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On Monday via LinkedIn, Nooyi – who's been at Pepsi's helm since 2011 – explained Pepsi's sustainability initiative – "Performance with a Purpose" – which is a business model that keeps the corporation's consumers and investors in mind…
Her op-ed, which has gained considerable steam in just 24 hours with 451 shares and over 230 comments, also outlined the myriad changes Nooyi believes needed to happen to compete in a quickly changing market.
Here's a look at how Nooyi plans to keep her legendary soda company afloat…
Pepsi CEO: "We Knew This Wouldn't Be Easy" – but It Literally Paid Off
Nooyi first came up with the "Performance with a Purpose" initiative 10 years ago – before she was CEO – while brainstorming with colleagues about necessary changes that needed to happen at PepsiCo.
"People were increasingly looking for healthier foods," Nooyi wrote. "Environmental issues like water scarcity and climate change were threatening ecosystems, livelihoods, and economies around the world. And the competition for the next generation of talent was becoming more intense than ever."
So she devised the initiative to focus on these aspects while delivering "strong long-term financial returns."
"From the start, we knew this wouldn't be easy," she went on to explain. "We knew it wouldn't happen overnight. We knew it would take a willingness to overcome the doubts of those who said it couldn't or shouldn't be done."
Now 10 years into her journey, Nooyi declared that PepsiCo has, indeed, made important progress.
"We're cutting added sugar, salt, and saturated fat levels in many of our products," the CEO explained, "while expanding our lineup of nutritious foods and beverages. Some people are surprised to learn that our beloved Pepsi-Cola trademark accounted for just 12% of our 2015 revenue, while our nutrition brands, low-calorie beverages, and healthier snacks accounted for roughly 45% during the same period."
Nooyi also pointed out that while the company has made such big health-conscious changes, it's likewise been operating in a manner to promote environmental sustainability as well…
"We're significantly improving our water and our energy efficiency," Nooyi wrote, "reducing our packaging materials and our waste, and promoting sustainable agricultural practices around the world – all of which not only helps protect our planet, but has also saved PepsiCo more than $600 million over the past five years."
The Pepsi CEO also provided a wonderful breakdown in her op-ed of the company's strong financial performance over the past 10 years – including why Pepsi has consistently managed to outpace the S&P 500…
"We have nearly doubled our net revenue and delivered total shareholder return of 142% – outperforming the S&P 500," Nooyi wrote. "Simply put, we aren't just changing the way we spend money. We're changing the way we make it."
Overall, it's a big commitment for the soda company.
PepsiCo sells beverages in about 180 countries worldwide and still makes well over $1 billion annually from the sale of its flagship sugar-based Pepsi drink.
But Nooyi promised the company would push onward and would even expand the "Performance with Purpose" goals to include:
- Transforming the range of foods and beverages the corporation offers to increase people's access to more nutritious options
- Broadening the scope of Pepsi's impact to limit its environmental footprint
- Making certain all of the company's associates – "regardless of what they look like, where they come from, or who they love," Nooyi wrote – have an opportunity to fulfill their potential at PepsiCo
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